West East Tours

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During this seven-day safari, you’ll see some of Northern Tanzania’s most renowned game reserves. See the Big Five at Ngorongoro Crater and see the Big Cats in Serengeti National Park, where the annual wildebeest migration takes place, and see the elephant herds in Tarangire National Park (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant). Lake Manyara National Park, where you may see tree-climbing lions and a variety of avian species, is also on the itinerary.

Details

Day 1: Arrival in Arusha

A representative from African Big Cats Safaris will be waiting to pick you up at either Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or the domestic Arusha Airport (ARK). You will be staying in the Gran Melia in the city of Arusha, at the base of Mount Meru.

Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire National Park

The trip to Tarangire National Park will begin after an early breakfast. Tarangire National Park gets its name from the Tarangire River. During the dry season, this “river of warthogs” is the only source of water for local wildlife. Elephant grass and acacia forests can grow to be fairly thick in some areas. Several visitors come to the park just to view the elephant families that congregate near the river. The finest site to see these gentle giants in their native habitat is in Tarangire, where you can witness everything from cute baby elephants to massive bulls. Giraffes, bushbucks, and hartebeests are also possible sightings. There are several predators that follow these animals, such as lions and leopards. Tarangire National Park has the highest concentration of avian breeding species in the world. We’ll be checking into our lodging after an extended game drive and lunch. You will be eating dinner and spending the night at the Maramboi Tented Lodge.

Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park

After a morning of breakfast, you’ll take a short journey to Lake Manyara National Park to participate in wildlife drives. When you initially arrive, you can expect to see large groups of baboons. Located between Lake Manyara and Tanzania’s Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park is a protected area in Tanzania’s Arusha and Manyara Provinces. A wide variety of landscapes and wildlife may be found in Lake Manyara National Park. The park was established for the express purpose of safeguarding the elephant herds that have brought fame to the region. Lake Manyara is renowned for more than just its elephant population. Lions that can climb trees are occasionally spotted. Flamingos and more than 400 other bird species call alkaline Lake Manyara home; you might also spot some hippos. We’re going on a picnic, so we’ll be eating our lunches there. Go to Kitela Lodge in the Ngorongoro Highlands for dinner and a night’s stay in the late afternoon.

Day 4-5: Serengeti National Park

Get up early for some game viewing on the way to the Serengeti, where you will be spending the day. The Serengeti National Park and Wildlife Reserve is the most well-known animal sanctuary in the world. There is more plains wildlife there than anywhere else in Africa. Perhaps the most well-known thing about Serengeti is the annual migration. Every year, in preparation for the brief rains in October and November, over a million wildebeest and around 200,000 zebras migrate south from the northern hills to the southern plains, only to turn west and north again after the long rains in April, May, and June. The primitive urge to migrate is so potent that not even a severe drought, a deep gorge, or a river full of crocodiles can stop them. The Great Wildebeest Migration occurs in the Serengeti for real. There is a wide variety of species in the park, as well as boundless plains and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. We’re going on a picnic, so we’ll be eating our lunches there. After a long day of sightseeing, head back to the Lahia Tented Lodge for a delicious dinner and a restful night’s sleep.

Day 6: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater

Depart the Serengeti in the morning for a game drive in Ngorongoro Crater after a hearty breakfast. The Ngorongoro Crater is renowned as having the highest concentration of African animals. The term “eighth wonder of the world” has been used to describe it. The Crater has become famous all around the world, drawing in a growing number of tourists every year. You won’t be able to hide from other cars, but the fauna you see will be incredible and the scenery will blow your mind. Ngorongoro Crater is unlike any other place in all of Africa. A great area to watch wildebeests, zebras, and hippos, as well as the critically endangered black rhinoceros. All of the Big Five can be found in the park, with lions and Cape buffalo being particularly easy to spot throughout the year. We’re going on a picnic, so we’ll be eating our lunches there. Get in the car and head to Kitela Lodge for a relaxing evening and a good meal.

Day 7: Karatu to the Airport

Your private safari guide will pick you up from your lodge in the morning so that you can do some last-minute souvenir shopping, repack, and eat lunch in Arusha before returning home. Take a ride to the airport so you can board your trip home or on to Zanzibar.

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